- Denver, CO
Richard “Rick” Bugdanowitz, the cofounder and CEO of La Nouvelle Fine Cleaners, builds on more than 40 years of industry experience. A veteran of the Colorado National Guard, he accepted a discharge in 1966 to take the lead in running the family business, Dependable Cleaners. Rick Bugdanowitz ran the company as a copartner of his father until his death from a heart attack, and for three years thereafter. He then sold the company to a family member and assumed ownership of a liquor-distribution business.
After running the distribution company for four years, Rick Bugdanowitz diversified his business interests and expanded into real estate, construction, and public relations. In 1986, he re-entered the dry cleaning business with the opening of La Nouvelle, which he has since grown into the top company of its kind nationwide.
Rick Bugdanowitz balances his professional responsibilities with service to the community. He supports a number of local, national, and international charities, including the Denver Rescue Mission and the American Parkinson Disease Association. Also active with a number of Jewish organizations, he has served on the board of the Allied Jewish Federation as well as Beth Joseph Synagogue.